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5 Unbelievably Useful Painting Tips for Homeowners

Last updated on July 25th, 2017 at 04:42 pm

Fresh paint is a relatively inexpensive way to make the inside of your house feel brand new. For many people, painting is a learn-as-you-go experience.

I picked up a lot of knowledge after painting an entire house over the course of a few years. Here are some valuable painting tips for homeowners that you may find useful.

  1. Use painter’s tape. You’ll get cleaner lines and won’t have to touch up as much. Plus, you don’t have to be quite as careful while painting. Painter’s tape is best removed when the paint is still wet, but interior latex paints dry super quickly. I typically wait until the paint is dry and then lightly score where the tape meets the painted edge with a knife or the edge of a putty knife.
  1. Buy a paint mixer attachment for your drill. I’ve tried shaking the can and using those wooden paint sticks you get for free with your paint – neither worked very well. I finally purchased a paint mixer attachment. It. Is. Awesome. Be careful not to run the drill too quickly or you’ll get air bubbles in the paint.
  1. Start with the ceiling. It may be a pain in the neck, but a freshly painted ceiling is a thing of beauty. However, you’ll get a bit of paint spray if you’re using a roller and you don’t want that to get on your freshly painted walls. Also…
  1. Wear gloves. And safety glasses. And cover your head. I prefer blue nitrile gloves (instead of latex) because they’re a bit more versatile. If you’re staining wood, latex gloves will disintegrate, while the blue nitrile ones stand up. The safety glasses and head cover just help to protect you from the paint spray.
  1. Use primer. This isn’t just white paint; it’s mostly a sealer and stain blocker. I was a primer skeptic, but after painting 6+ rooms (ceilings included), I will never not use primer again.

One last thing: be patient. I always fret about how my paint jobs look while they’re drying. I can usually see roller lines or the paint looks uneven, but then everything turns out fine when it dries. And if the paint really is uneven, the second coat should straighten you out.

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